To Everyone whom was touched by my awesome cousin; family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss.
YO CUZ- I still can't believe I am here writing on this page. I think of you often, as mix of tears and smiles come over me.
Your radiant smile, sense of humor and wittiness will forever live on.
Rest well my friend...my cousin.
I am so sorry to hear this news. The Supernavages were friends of ours when all our children were growing up. To his wife, Lucinda, please know Derren was always a wonderful person, even as a little boy. To Keith and Merideth, I am so sorry you lost your wonderful brother. To Marlene and Bill, I cannot even imagine what this has been like for you. You are all in our thoughts.
Elaine and Peter Buchsbaum, Matt, Andy, and Aaron
I used to work with Derren at Wachovia--he sat in the row next to me--he was so funny and always talked about his son...I never saw him stressed at work--everyone in our row just loved him. I was so sad to see he had passed away..I will be praying for his wife Lucinda and son...may you find peace..
Colleen Blaufuss Charlotte, NC
Derren was a GREAT person at our GIGANTIC High School = South Hunterdon Regional High School in New Jersey......We graduated together with a WHOPPING 56 Seniors...There was SOOOOOO MANY of us......HaHaHa
Looking at ALL the Pictures...A Few of the Pictures had a Facial LOOK that he ALWAYS gave to people...It MADE me LAUGH!!!
We Lost touch, but he was NEVER FORGOTEN!!!!
Many people from our High SCHOOL will be thinking of him right NOW!!!
With LOTS of LOVE to Lucinda, his son, his family, and his Friends!!!
God Bless Derren's Soul up in Heaven NOW.....Giving us ALL that Facial Look up in Heaven!!!
Love ya Derren, Danielle Smith
Lucinda, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sending you a hug from NJ. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Allison
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this most difficult time. We are so very sorry to hear about Derren's passing. May God be with you Lucinda and Jackson.
To the entire Supernavage family, I can not begin to express how sad I am to hear about Derren's passing. As someone who can remember him from the time we were playing tag at 5 years old to the time we were planning to hit the real world in our early 20's, I can honestly say Derren was one of the best friends I could have ever had. The perfect mix of brains, talent, artistry and humour, he was great at lightening the mood as well as seizing the moment.
As life usually works, we hadn't maintained contact over the last few years, but I often thought of Derren. After hearing he had started a family, I often thought how great it would have been to reconnect, share stories of old days and watch our kids play together. Sadly, this never happened.
I am left with warm feelings in my heart thanks to all the memories I have kept in my head along with all the wonderful pictures posted on this sight. His last few years looked wonderful and I'm hoping all those friends and family members smiling in those pictures can find a way to smile just as widely everytime they think of Derren.
I know I will be smiling everytime I think of the baseball games and concerts we went to, the late night drives we took and every one-on-one game of bball we played. Some of the best years of my life were made better thanks to him.
On Feb 22, Derren John Supernavage will be memorialized in Charlotte, NC and it is with heartbreaking sadness that I will not be there to join with his tribe to remember and celebrate his life, his exuberance, and his loves. Feb 22 is simultaneously a sad and happy day as it is also my son's birthday. With this, a reminder of the shallow understandings we think we have of time.
I met Derren in 2005 through work. He was in San Diego, I was in St. Augustine. We were both in the mortgage business and shared a cynical agreement that we were walking on thin ice as far as our livings were concerned but we were going to skate as far as we could until the ice cracked. It wasn't very far. Usually, I didn't make friends with loan originators but Derren was hard to resist and we would find ourselves in conversations at lunch time talking about my insane boss, his insane quotas. That evolved into conversations about our pets (my Bailey and his boisterous Tahoe and the very regal Daisy), music, food, beer, food, sports, families, food, and our relationships. Not a conversation was completed without him expressing some variation of his disbelief that Lucinda was his and she agreed to marry him. When he told me he was moving to Charlotte we both looked forward to a possibility of actually being able to get together. To meet. Up until that time, Derren and I had been phone buddies who occasionally closed a deal but mostly looked forward to just having a good talk. He and Lucinda, Lucy as he called her, packed up their life and headed East to Charlotte, each in their own cars, following each other. I recall one conversation we had while he was driving where Lucinda passed him in her car, singing her heart out. He laughed, said he knew she was listening to Cold Play and then kind of tapered off to say that God, did he love that woman.
When I finally met Derren and Lucinda, it was in Charlotte. Then they came to St. Augustine with Tahoe and Daisy to visit. I attended their wedding. We met one New Year's Day on my way out of Charlotte for a meal and I was finally able to meet the newest love of his life, his son Jackson. Derren had been transformed by becoming a father. He was overwhelmed with love. When he called to tell me about his tumor, optimism seemed the best course of action. His tumor began as a pancake between the hemispheres of his brain. Haha, we laughed. A tumor shaped like food….only Derren would have a tumor shaped like food.
Derren could be accurately described as larger than life, no matter how awful clichés are especially at a time like this. But is it true. He wasn't a great adventurist or poet and he didn't get rich in finance, he wasn't extremely religious or political, he didn't open a bar/restaurant. Instead, he simply loved his woman and his son. He had a great laugh. He was smart. He loved his brother and laughed at his “goof ball” sister, Meredith. He was patient and kind. He was good to people. He was generous with himself. He was unforgettable and I can with great certainty believe that with Lucinda and Jackson, his love will persevere.
Derren was the kind of friend who always made you feel right at home whenever he was around - he was the consummate host. His outlook on life, while facing the most difficult battle of his life, was remarkable and has taught me so much. I'll miss his sense of humor, big heart, gentle spirit, and bickering about our rival football teams.
My deepest sympathies to Lucinda, Jackson, and the entire family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Miss you, buddy. Love, Cole.
Lucinda, I have thought about you so often these past few weeks. I didn't know Derren, but the comments posted here speak so loudly about his love and humor and positive spirit. I cannot fathom this loss. May you find comfort in the love and support of friends and family, in your treasured memories, and in the knowledge that God is at your side.
I use to work with Derren and he was so sweet and funny he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you and your family.
Our deepest sympathy to you and Jackson. We will continue keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your beautiful son Jackson,your family and friends...we are so sorry for your loss.
Lisa, Morgan and Sydney Evans
Mrs. Lucinda Supernavage my heart goes out to you and Jackson during this time. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we love you and appreciate all you do as a teacher. We are praying God's comfort and strength for you and Jackson for the coming days. We are here for you. Many Blessings always. Your former student Terri Niter (Nicole)
I met Derren while working at Wachovia. In fact, I think we started on the very same day :). I will always remember his warm smile, positive attitude, and zeal for life! I don't think I ever saw him angry or upset. He was an amazing guy and will be greatly missed.
Lucinda and Jackson (parents and siblings),
Shawn and I want to express our deepest sympathy. I cannot imagine what you are going through. You all have been on our mind's quite frequently in the past few years. I hope you can find peace in knowing how wonderful Derren was a man, husband, father, son, brother and friend. Shawn and I send all of our love to you and your family. We are so incredibly sorry for your loss - no one should have to go through this. I pray for only peace, joy and happiness for you all - as hard as it may be to find today, look toward tomorrow and Derren will be watching over everything you do!
Our deepest sympathy and love to you and your family.
Our deepest sympathy and love to you and your family.
Lucinda, I remember meeting you and Derren when my 49 year old son Eddie was waiting to have an MRI, as was Derren. It was either late 2010 or early 2011. unfortunately, my son passed away in April 2011. Derrin and Eddie left this world too young. I will keep you and Jackson and your families in my prayers as you go through this difficult time in your lives. Derren fought the good fight with you at his side. Hugs to all.
Pat Lenihan , Tulsa, OK
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and Jackson are in our thoughts and prayers and that you are so loved as teacher and a person. I only met Derren once but he had to be an incredible man if was your husband. Wishing you peace during this difficult time. xox Claudette, Andrew, Eli, Aidan and Cooper Miller
Rest in peace dear Son-in-Law, we love you and will miss our coffee on the terrace discussions.
I never met Derren. I am sad that I did not have an opportunity to meet this wonderful, courageous, caring man. My heart is breaking for everyone who knew him. Life is not fair. I wish his family and friends strength and love while they are going through this very difficult time.
Our deepest sympathy to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ed and Jacque Billick
Lucinda, please know that you and Jackson are in my prayers.
Ms. Kathy, Highland Mill Montessori
Lucinda, Ed and I were very sadden to hear of the passing of Derren. Our love and symthpahy is extended to you and Jackson. Please know that you both will be in our prayers,
Love to you both - Grace & Ed Battaglia - Oak Ridge, New Jersey.
I am so sorry for your lost. I didn't know Darren but I know you and you are the sweetest person I have ever known. He had to be a kind and looking man. I love you and Jackson. God bless and keep you'll safe from all harm and danger.
I worked with Derren at CIC and he was such a great person. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sheila Dodson (Kannapolis, NC)
Our deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of Derren. Let him remain in your hearts forever as you keep his wonderful memories. We pray that God will help ease your grief during this most difficult time. Derren's life has changed and free of all pain as he now rests in peace. God Bless you all.
Oh Lucinda, I can't tell you how very sad Tom and I are over this loss. Derren was a friend to all. Such an amazing person.
Judy & Tom Staley
We were very saddened to hear of Derren's passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Eleanor and Norman Shilling, (NY)
Dear Mrs. Supernavage,
Our family is heartbroken over this news. Hannah, myself and my husband send you prayers and healing for you and your beautiful son, Jackson. What a lovely Family... Sincerely, Hannah, Carolyn and Larry Risser.
So very sorry for your huge loss. May you find comfort in your many fond memories of Derren and peace in knowing he is at rest.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss.
The Hartnett Family
I am so very sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.
I love you Lucinda and Jackson. May God bless you and comfort you during this time
Peace be with you, man...
My dear old friend, Derren,
The last few days since your passing have led me to think back to the past and recall some of the really good times we had.
I will always remember getting my license the first day of Senior year and you had not gotten your yet because you were even more of a September youngin' in the class than I was. We had so many classes together and somehow you ended up riding home from school with me most days. There were some days that it was just us "taking the long way home" , blaring music and there were others when I could not even legally fit another body into that little brown Pontiac. I will never forget your baseball jerseys and your blue Jansport backpack, that you always stylishly slung over one shoulder, that you flung into the backseat of my car, got a running start and hopped into the convertible Dukes Boys style. After that, you NEVER used the door. It was your thing. It was the Derren maneuver and no one else could pull it off so cool yet keep me laughing the entire time. Those rides were some of my fondest Senior year memories.
I will never forget arguing with Mr. Lipsen in law class and cracking up, the group limo ride to the prom, and that crooked sweet yet mischievous smile of yours. You were a great golf buddy as well...that is until I decided I was not cut out for such a precision sport with weird pants hahaha.
You were an awesome, awesome dude and I venture to say, perhaps one of the kindest people I have ever met in my life. I know that your wife is beautiful and equally as awesome because you two were married...I would not expect anything less. And I know that your son probably has your wonderful sense of humor and I hope that he carries on that smile that used to light up your face. They, like anyone who met you even once, are blessed to have had you in their lives even if it was so unfairly short. Now you are an angel, watching over your beautiful wife and gorgeous little man, and perhaps if we are lucky enough, sometimes, some of us.
You were kind to me even in my very awkward high school years when many other guys could not see beyond the physical. You were always a great, chill buddy of mine.
I feel thankful for knowing you and have immense pride that I can say that you were my friend. I truly hope that you have more baseball and golf games up there than you could have ever dreamed. I am sorry that we lost touch after high school. Life gets so crazy and the time just ticks away too quickly and before you know it, you cannot anymore tell someone how much they positively affected your life. I hope that you can somehow read this and all of the other kind things that people will say about you...have pride up there in heaven...it is all true.
I am sure that you fought a good fight...that is the kind of guy you were.
Thank you, Derren, for allowing me to call you a friend.
My entire heart goes out to your family and friends. I hope that you are at total peace...you were one of the good guys and deserve nothing less.
See you again someday and maybe you can crack me up a few more times.
Watch out for your lovely lady and precious little man.
Rock on, brother..
Heaven is blessed to have you on their golf team.
Take a ride sometime...Dukes Boys style...for your old friend...
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. May the fondest memories you have of Derren help to comfort you.
My most sincere condolences to the Supernavage family...I have fond memories of Derren in his younger years growing up in West Amwell...he was always a thoughtful and respectful young man...so sorry... Jim Sansone
To the Supernavage family,
It is my hope that you will accept my dearest sympathy. Some of my memories in high school include witnessing the love Mrs. Supernavage had for her husband. I pray that peace and comfort are with you and continue to be with you at this time. God bless...
My condolences to the entire Supernavage family. I am truly sorry for your loss.
I am sorry to hear this ... he had a heart of gold and ... was such a nice guy when we was younger ... and had a great sence if humor ... my deepest condolences to your family ..
So sorry to hear about Derren. I remember him well from High School. We had a lot of classes together and played sports together. He was a great guy and good friend. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
My condolences to the Supernavage family. I only knew Derren from playing competitive golf against him. He was a kind spirit and a caring person who will me missed by many.
My condolences goes out to ur family in this saddened time. Derren was a great person and always had a smile on his face everytimeI would see him in the halls at school. I am deeply saddened and so in shock. My thoughts and prayers to ur family. Derren ur gone but will never be forgotten. God bless u.
Lucinda, there are no words to describe the sorrow we feel. You and Derren will remain in our memory as one of the happiest, and sweetest couples we ever photographed. We still look fondly upon your photos. We pray that God will strengthen and comfort you in this time.
My sincere heartfelt condolences to Derren's family and friends.
Rest in peace Derren.
I have not seen Lucinda since she was a very little girl but I knew of she and Derren's struggles via social networking and it was apparent that they fought this fight with the kind of bravery and strength that only comes from a deep faith in God and loving support from family and friends. Lucinda and family, I know that faith in God will carry you through this dark time. No it will not be easy ~ but know that our God will comfort, guide you and give you peace - in his time- until you are reunited with Derren. Until then - Derren's spirit will always be with you in your heart and through your son.
There really are no earthly words to ease your pain but prayers for strength, comfort and peace and knowing you are surrounded by love is all we can offer.
God bless you all,
It was with a heavy heart that I read that Derren passed away. I have no words to ease the pain that your family is feeling but please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Although I never had Derren in class, I knew Derren because he stood out with a great sense of humor and wit to go along with his incredible intelligence. More importantly, Derren had a deep love for his family, a loyalty to his friends and a genuine respect for others including the teachers and staff at South Hunterdon. I am so sorry for your loss. Please keep the wonderful memories of the times spent with Derren close to your heart.
LuLu, I am so very sorry for your loss. There isn't anything I can say to remove the pain. I never met Derren but by your happiness I know he was the one for you. Love you.
No words can take the pain away and My heart break for you and Jackson, I know how much you loved each other. Just remember he will always be with you??. Know he is a peace and not suffering. Prayers are with all u guys today and always. Love u????
To a friend who could make me laugh so hard I would cry, Derren, I will miss you and that fantastic sense of humor. We are all lucky to have you smiling down everyday now with no more pain. Thanks for every joke, every laugh, every moment. Love, Marf
Lucy, I am so sorry for your loss. MY heart goes out to you and Jackson. Deepest sympathy for the family. God bless. Love you. Aunt Judy
We love & miss you Derren! You will always and forever hold a special place in our hearts. Hope the greens are greener up there and the holes in one come frequently. :-)